Match Preview: South Shields vs Stalybridge Celtic, BetVictor Northern Premier Division

Match Preview: South Shields vs Stalybridge Celtic, BetVictor Northern Premier Division

South Shields are chasing an eighth consecutive league win when they welcome Stalybridge Celtic to Mariners Park on Tuesday.

Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Atherton Collieries moved Shields eight points clear at the top of the BetVictor Northern Premier Division and they will hope to impress again under the lights.

Joint manager Lee Picton has warned his players there can be no letting up as they bid to further stretch their lead at the top.

He knows the importance of guarding against complacency.

Picton said: “As a manager you always have to keep reminding yourself that football has an uncanny knack of hitting you where it hurts the moment you take your foot off the gas or think you’ve got it cracked.

“I guess one of our biggest challenges is to keep our focus, energy levels and quality right up where they need to be game-in, game-out, week-in, week-out.

“Stalybridge, as with any other team in this league, have the capability to beat us if we are not at our best so we need to go into the match with a renewed motivation and push hard to pick up another three points.”

Shields’ latest victory saw them beat Atherton Collieries 3-0 at Mariners Park on Saturday.

It was a dominant afternoon from the Mariners which underlined their credentials for promotion.

Picton added: “Generally speaking, our use of the ball and attacking play was very strong on Saturday and hopefully we can continue in that vein moving forwards.

“I’ve said it before, but if we can combine that quality we know we have in possession with the resilience we have shown out of possession and in protecting our own goal, we are going to be a hard team to catch in the league this season.

“That is not me being arrogant or cocky, it is just a very strong belief in our group because they are working so hard every single week to improve as a team and develop themselves as individual players.”

Shields are expected to remain without Lee Mason (illness) and Josh Gillies (stomach), with Luke Daly also still out with a knee injury.

Kick-off at Mariners Park is at 7.45pm and admission prices – which can be paid at the turnstiles – are £10 for adults, £8 for students and over-65s, and £3 for under-16s.